Candied bacon is becoming a popular ingredient in desserts, salads, etc. Here’s how to quickly make this sweet/salty treat!Candied bacon is becoming a popular ingredient in desserts, salads, etc. Here's how to quickly make this sweet/salty treat!
Recipes for cookies, salads, desserts, etc. are popping up all the time that include “candied bacon”. It would be helpful to know “HOW” to make this treat, right? Well… it’s EASY! Candied bacon can be used in salads, on appetizers, or even in ice cream. I used this batch in some homemade Candied Bacon Ice Cream. Amazing!

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How to Make Candied Bacon

Here’s how you can easily make candied bacon: First line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (or a silicone mat). If using aluminum foil, put the shiny side down. Lay strips of bacon down on the foil in a single layer, leaving a bit of space between each piece.

Individual slices are placed on an aluminum foil covered baking sheet.

Sprinkle approximately 1½ – 2 teaspoons brown sugar over the length of each slice.

Brown sugar is sprinkled over each piece of uncooked bacon.

Cook The Bacon

The strips of bacon looked like this (see photo below). Put the bacon in a preheated 400 degree oven and bake it for 12-16 minutes. NOTE: About half way through the baking time, turn the bacon strips over and pull them through the syrupy glaze (to coat) on the baking sheet.

Each slice of bacon is lightly covered with brown sugar.

After turning the bacon over and dragging the pieces in the brown sugar syrup on the foil, continue baking for the rest of the baking time, until the bacon is done and dark in color.

The bacon strips are turned halfway through baking time.

Remove the bacon strips from the foil, and transfer them to a wire rack. Let the candied bacon strips cool completely.

The bacon cools on a wire rack.

The Candied Bacon Is Now Ready To Use

Once the bacon has cooled, chop it up or cut with kitchen scissors into small pieces. It is now ready to be added to a great salad, or recipe that requires candied bacon. If you’ve never had a mixed green salad with these sweet little bacon bits added, you’re missing out! It’s a great tasting addition.

The finished candied bacon is crumbled to add to salads, etc.

See how easy it is to make? The sugary, salty taste of the sweet bacon bits is AMAZING! Hope you’ll try this easy technique for making candied bacon. You can store the bacon bits in an airtight covered container in refrigerator for a couple days, OR you can freeze them for a couple weeks ahead of when you will be using them! Try not to eat them all BEFORE adding it to a recipe! Have a great day.

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How To Make Candied Bacon
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
16 mins
Total Time
21 mins
Candied bacon is becoming a popular ingredient in desserts, salads, etc. Here's how to quickly make this sweet/salty treat!
Category: Miscellaneous
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candied bacon
Servings: 8
Calories Per Serving: 114 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
  • 8 strips Bacon strips (or as many as desired)
  • 12 teaspoons Brown sugar (can use dark or light-I use dark)-will need 1½-2 teaspoons per slice of bacon
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil (or a silicone mat).
  2. Place bacon strips in single layer on foil. Sprinkle each piece of bacon with 1½ - 2 teaspoons brown sugar.

  3. Bake at 400 degrees for 12-16 minutes. Halfway through the baking time, turn the pieces over and drag them through the brown sugar glaze to coat. Finish baking time. Remove from oven when bacon is done and is dark brown in color. Place bacon strips on wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Once cooled to room temp., cut or chop bacon into small pieces. Bacon pieces may be stored in a covered airtight container in refrigerator for a couple days. Bacon can also be stored in freezer for a couple weeks prior to using.
Nutrition Facts
How To Make Candied Bacon
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 114 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 147mg6%
Potassium 51mg1%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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